would be his final one back in January, there was much speculation on what would be next for the four-time champion. Many thought that Gordon would make a natural transition to television and this will be the goal now as Fox Sports announced yesterday that Jeff Gordon will be joining their NASCAR team as an announcer for the Sprint Cup Series, joining Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip.
Gordon will be the first change made to Fox's lead NASCAR broadcast team since their coverage debuted at the 2001 Daytona 500. Joy, Waltrip and Larry McReynolds have called every Cup race since, making them the longest serving network broadcast trio ever. But now Gordon will take the place of McReynolds with the 2016 Daytona 500 with McReynolds moving to the infield studio show alongside Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip.
Gordon has served as a guest analyst for three Xfinity Series races this season (Texas, Bristol and Talladega) as have fellow drivers Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer with Danica Patrick yet to join them. While I have not seen Gordon a great deal yet in his nascent broadcasting career, I have liked what I seen and it seems like Gordon has got a knack for television.
Although he is about as high-profile as a new analyst that a network could find for NASCAR coverage, it is interesting that he is breaking in right at the top and moving McReynolds aside in the process. Personally, I would have preferred him to replace Darrell Waltrip and not just to preserve the driver-crew chief combo in the booth that has grown common in the sport since Fox debuted. Rather, Waltrip's shenanigans in the booth have grown a little tiresome over the years. I still think he's a solid analyst and he works very well with Joy and Larry Mac but if you are replacing one of the two, I would have preferred it to be DW.
One would suspect that McReynolds would still have a decent-sized role in the broadcast even from the infield studio like in the role he filled with TNT where he was a regular contributor on matters of race strategy which is his strength. He should work well with the younger Waltrip in the studio.
And Gordon should work well in the broadcast booth with Joy and DW. Joy is the best in the business and Waltrip's more high-energy approach could mesh well with the more even-keel style of Gordon.